Research organisation National ICT Australia (NICTA)
has stepped up its support for open source software by launching
the OpenNICTA portal where
people can view and download software developed and licensed by the
NICTA's Trustworthy Embedded Systems Group Leader,
Gernot Heiser, says "While Research organisations have been
donating software back to the community] for a number of years but
typically in an ad-hoc fashion and very often below the radar of
the authorities," he said.
"Basically, it is done without telling anyone and in the hope
that the lawyers don't catch on. This, of course, has the potential
for creating major problems (for the organisation). So I think it
is important that a systematic approach is taken."